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Conn. Man Sues Police After Three Mistaken Identity Arrests


Pedro Martinez of Bridgeport has the misfortune of having the same name as a wanted man out of Texas, a coincidence which allegedly led Bridgeport police to detain him three times.

Editorial: State Should Make Amends for Witchcraft Executions

During the course of the 17th century approximately a dozen men and women were judicially murdered by the colony of Connecticut in witchcraft prosecutions. These killings remain a grievous blot on the judicial history of this state.

Conn. Psychiatrist Settles False Claims Complaint for $423,000

By Christian Nolan |

A 75-year-old Newtown psychiatrist accused of improper billing practices has reached a joint federal and state civil settlement for nearly $423,000.

Former congressional and Senate candidate Lee Whitnum said Greenwich officials violated the Constitution’s Establishment Clause when they allowed a bar mitzvah and an Israeli flag-raising ceremony at town hall.

Court Dismisses Constitutional Claim Involving Bar Mitzvah at Town Hall


The Second Circuit has upheld a district court judge's dismissal of Lisa "Lee" Whitnum's claim that Greenwich improperly allowed its town hall to be used for a bar mitzvah and Israeli flag-raising ceremony in violation of the U.S. Constitution's Establishment Clause.

Denise Zamore and Eric Greenberg

Conn. Corporate Lawyers Mobilize to Help Veterans Obtain Benefits


Denise Zamore and Eric Greenberg are corporate attorneys working for a Fortune 500 giant, more likely to wear suits to work than uniforms. But they both have a connection to the 2.1 million soldiers and sailors in the United States.

Chase Rogers

Divided Conn. Court Again Upholds Death Penalty Ban

By Christian Nolan |

On second thought, the death penalty is still unconstitutional in the state of Connecticut. That's according to the state Supreme Court, which, for the second time since August, ruled that capital punishment violates the state Constitution's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

Judge Order Prejudgment Remedy Against Attorney Accused of Improper Eviction


A Westport attorney has been accused of mishandling the estate of a Darien woman and improperly evicting two of the deceased woman's daughters from the family home.

Court Says Murder Victim's Mother Can't Sue Cops, Prosecutors

By Christian Nolan |

Asher Glace was a key witness in a murder case when she became a murder victim. Her family filed suit, claiming that police and state prosecutors knew she was in danger. But now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld a lower court ruling dismissing the family's claim.

UPDATE: CT Supreme Court Continues Stance On Death Penalty


The state's highest court has essentially ruled for the second time in less than a year that the death penalty violates the state constitution's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

John Williams

Judge Allows Excessive-Force Suit to Move Forward


Two Middletown police officers cannot claim qualified immunity in an excessive-force case filed against them over a 2012 incident involving a homeless woman, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled.


Norm Pattis: Reassessment Needed in Freddie Gray Prosecutions

By Norm Pattis |

Two criminal trials now completed, one to a jury, the other to a lone judge, and still no conviction. Will no one be held accountable for the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore?

Judge Harry Calmar

Disabled Woman Wins $5M Verdict Over Sex Abuse

By Christian Nolan |

A judge in Putnam has awarded over $5.6 million to the estate of a severely mentally handicapped woman who was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a worker at a group home in Danielson.


Proposal Means Showdown on Who Can Practice Law


A few days ago a proposed change to the pro hac vice rule was forwarded to the full judges' meeting by the Rules Committee. If passed this June, it may set the stage for a showdown between the branches of government that has been brewing for some time. Maybe that's a good thing.

Former Ruby Tuesday Managers Sue in Wage Dispute


Two former Ruby Tuesday employees who claim the restaurant chain denied them overtime pay when they worked many 50-hour or more weeks are seeking class action status in their litigation against their former employer.

Richard Hayber

Grocery Chain Reaches $5M Settlement in Pay Dispute

By Christian Nolan |

Pending approval from a federal court judge, The Fresh Market grocery chain has struck a $5 million settlement with department managers who say they were shortchanged on overtime pay.

New Top Prosecutor Picked for Windham District


A long-time Hartford-based prosecutor, Anne Mahoney, is taking over as the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Windham starting this summer.

Stemming the Rising Tide of Immunities

We need to stop increasing the number and scope of immunities that protect scores of industries, products, institutions and people from exposure to civil liability.

Appellate Court Overturns Cellphone Ticket

By Christian Nolan |

The state Appellate Court has overturned the conviction of a man who was allegedly caught by police using his cellphone while driving.

Bill Cosby waves a Yale cap to the crowd as he walks in the academic procession at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., Monday, May 26, 2003. Cosby was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the university in the rain-shortened ceremony. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

Universities Under Pressure to Revoke Degrees

By Christian Nolan |

For centuries, prestigious Yale University has been awarding honorary degrees as a way of recognizing a distinguished visitor's contributions to a specific field or to society in general.

New Regulations Increase Oversight of Conn. Dams


Connecticut's dam owners face additional inspection and reporting obligations under revised safety regulations implemented in February.

Marshals Claim Parking Exemption While On Duty


State marshals have seen an increase in parking tickets left on their cars while on duty in Hartford, and it's now an issue being dealt with in the state court.

Court Officials Cut More Workers Amid Budget Woes


The state Judicial Branch announced another batch of layoffs on Friday, bringing the total jobs eliminated to 300, as court administrators seek to bring spending within the budget approved by lawmakers.

Judicial Branch Announces 61 More Layoffs


The state Judicial Branch announced another 61 layoffs on Friday, bringing the total jobs eliminated to 300, as court administrators seek to bring spending within the budget approved by lawmakers.


New Chief Public Defender Named in New London


Kevin Barrs did not want to finish law school and was ready to be done with it, that is, until he interned at the New London Public Defender's Office one summer. After that, he was hooked.

Monique Foley and Kevin Ferry

Worker Wins $2.9M Verdict After Truck Crushes Foot

By Christian Nolan |

A worker who had his foot run over by an 8,000-pound trailer attached to a pickup truck has been awarded just under $2.9 million by a New Britain jury.

U.S. Postal Service truck.

Banking Services Needed for Low-Income Families

While the Federal Postal Court is best left closed, another, more recent federal postal institution, the U.S. Postal Savings System, may be due for reopening.

Suzanne Brown Walsh

New Law Targets Social Media Accounts of Dead


'Most of us have had a friend die, only to get reminded by Facebook that they are celebrating a birthday," said Suzanne Brown Walsh.

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

By Amy Goodusky |

In law school, no one gives students much pertinent information about the practical vagaries of life as a lawyer. In particular, no one mentions that the lawyer will spend approximately 74.46621 percent of his or her time in suspended animation.

James Tallberg

Jury Rejects Man's Claim of Police Sexual Assault

By Christian Nolan |

A federal court jury in Bridgeport has rendered a defense verdict in the case of a man who sued Meriden police for sexual assault after they allegedly found four grams of crack cocaine in his buttocks.

Former Cook Awarded Back Pay in Discrimination Claim


'The credible testimony of the complainant demonstrates that respondent's discriminatory actions profoundly distressed the complainant, prompted him to seek psychiatric counseling immediately, and interfered with his ability to work,' the CHRO found.


Physical Office Requirement Is a 19th-Century Relic


A fascinating case in New York reached an unexpected (though perhaps not final) point the other day when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a law that requires New York-licensed lawyers who have a primary office elsewhere to have actual, physical offices in New York if they want to practice there.

Antonino Leone

Hinckley Allen Adds Attorney and Engineer as New Partner

By Law Tribune Staff |

The law firm of Hinckley Allen has hired Antonino M. Leone as a new partner in its Hartford office, to strengthen its construction and public contracts practice group.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor (2009)

Sotomayor Urges Mandatory Pro Bono for All Lawyers

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Monday that all lawyers should be required to provide pro bono legal services.


Norm Pattis: Senior Citizen Fugitive Shouldn't Be Returned to Prison


Gov. Dannel Malloy will soon be given an opportunity to demonstrate his commitment to the Second Chance Society which he unveiled more than one year ago.

Second Circuit Says Psychiatrists Can't Sue Insurers on Behalf of Patients With Mental Illness


A federal appeals court has ruled against psychiatrists who claimed that reimbursement practices by health insurance companies discriminated against patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Ex-Oxford Cop Sues Town Over Alleged Discrimination


A former Oxford police officer has filed a lawsuit against the town over his termination, claiming he was discriminated against by fellow officers because of his age and a disability he developed while serving in the military.

Second Circuit Says Conn. Judge Erred in Excluding Defendant From In Camera Conversation


By failing to include a defendant in conversations about his sentencing, a Connecticut district court judge violated his Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit found.

Editorial: Echoes of Jim Crow Era Heard in Transgender Restroom Debate

In what some see as the backlash against last summer's Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision, bills restricting the use of bathrooms have been introduced in dozens of state legislatures and in cities and towns across America.

Attorney Bruce Rubenstein is upset that the University of Hartford has threatened to sell some of the political memorabilia he donated to a campus museum.

Litigation Delayed as Lawyer, University Discuss Fate of Donated Political Memorabilia


Bruce Rubenstein has threatened to file a lawsuit against the University of Hartford, which is considering selling off its political memorabilia collection, some of which was donated by Rubenstein.

Lawyer Says Fugitive Who Has Been on Lam for 48 Years Shouldn't Have to Finish Sentence

By Associated Press |

A Connecticut man who spent 48 years on the lam after escaping from a work camp in Georgia is in poor health and will ask officials to commute the rest of his 17-year sentence because returning him to prison would amount to a death sentence, his lawyer told the Associated Press.

Robert Mitchell

Employment Bar Divided Over Bill Barring Criminal Record Queries on Job Applications

By Christian Nolan |

Employment lawyers split on long-term impact of 'ban-the-box' legislation.

Lawmakers Consider Budget, Delayed Raises for Judges


More staffing cutbacks in the state's courts and delayed raises for judges appear to be on the horizon as lawmakers work to finalize the state budget today.

Editorial: Does End Justify the Means in Justice Department's Battle With Apple?

Connecticut's lawyers and citizens should be concerned about the recent battle between Apple and the Department of Justice during which the DOJ tried to force Apple to develop a method to break its own encryption system.

James Clark

James Clark: Crime Victim's Lawyers Have Constitutional Right to Attend Pretrials

By James Clark |

The Victim Rights Amendment to the Connecticut Constitution was adopted nearly 20 years ago, specifically granting rights for victims in "all criminal prosecutions."

Black Police Captain Files Racial Discrimination Lawsuit


In February, Patricia Helliger was promoted to be New Haven's first female African-American police captain. Barely two months later, she sued the city for race and gender discrimination.

Conn. Man Sues Police After Three Mistaken Identity Arrests


Pedro Martinez of Bridgeport has the misfortune of having the same name as a wanted man out of Texas, a coincidence which allegedly led Bridgeport police to detain him three times.

Puerto Rican Worker Sues Over Co-Worker's Alleged Slurs


Employment claim says company owners did nothing to stop 'racist' comments.


Norm Pattis: Social Media is Changing Jury Dynamics


One rule of the road for potential jurors is a commitment to follow the law wherever it leads. It is a juror's job to find facts; the court instructs on the law and ensures, at least in theory, a fair trial. That's the theory.

Michael Jainchill

College Football Player Wins $500,000 Verdict After Crash Breaks Foot, Shatters Pro Dreams

By Christian Nolan |

An NCAA Division I football player who broke his foot in a car accident, ruining any chance he had of playing professional ball, sued the car's driver and has recovered nearly $500,000.

Conn. Officials Strike Deal in Matter Involving Cracking House Foundations


Hundreds of Connecticut homeowners have experienced cracking in their basement walls, allegedly due to faulty concrete. The situation is the subject of a recently filed lawsuit and an ongoing investigation by the state Office of the Attorney Gener

XDM 3.8 Compact, 9mm pistol.

Editorial: Time to Examine Gun Storage and Safety Laws

We urge the General Assembly to update gun storage laws and require firearms to be safely stored whenever they are not carried by or within close proximity of a person licensed to carry a firearm.

In 1998, in a high-profile case, David Messenger, center, killed his wife, Heather, in their Windham County home.

State Closes Legal Loophole Allowing Some Killers to Inherit From Victims

By Christian Nolan |

The state House of Representatives and the Senate have voted to prevent anyone who was found not guilty of murder or manslaughter by reason of mental defect or disease from receiving an inheritance from his or her victim.

Former federal prosecutor H. James Pickerstein (right) leaves the federal courthouse in Bridgeport on May 10 with defense attorneys Andrew Bowman (left) and William Dow III.

Update: Pickerstein Expresses 'Shame and Sorrow' During Sentencing for Stealing From Client


Former Connecticut U.S. Attorney Harold James Pickerstein has been sentenced to 30 days in prison for embezzling more than $600,000 from a trust fund, money which had belonged to an incarcerated client.

Conn. Court Upholds Termination of Waitress Who Was Attacked by Supervisor


Amy Benedict claims she was fired from her job at the Trumbull Cheesecake Factory after she was verbally and physically attacked by a supervisor. She filed a lawsuit, claiming negligence, wrongful termination, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

John LaCava

Head-Injured Plaintiff Awarded $2 Million After Fall Down Stairs

By Christian Nolan |

A man who fractured his skull in a fall down a flight of stairs has been awarded $2 million by a Stamford jury.

International Firm Unveils Expanded Greenwich Office


The international law firm of Withers Bergman has opened a new, much bigger office in Greenwich to accommodate its growing staff of attorneys.

126 Individuals Pass Connecticut February Bar Exam

The following list contains the names of everyone who passed the Connecticut bar examination administered in February 2016, according to the state Judicial Branch.

Daniel Scholfield

Praying Woman's Drowning Death Leads to Lawsuit, Immunity Claims by Town's Officers

By Christian Nolan |

In a decision hailed by plaintiffs lawyers, the state Appellate Court has reinstated a lawsuit against Westbrook and two of its constables who decided not to investigate a woman's seemingly strange behavior.

Paying for Legal Counsel in Eminent Domain Cases

There is no provision in Connecticut and many other states for someone whose property is taken by eminent domain to be compensated for the cost of their legal representation. That is patently unfair.

Bill Limits Monetary Awards for Exonerated Inmates in Conn.

By Paul Sussman |

When former state Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. resigned in February, critics were unhappy with his conduct in two key areas. Now the legislature has taken action to address those concerns.

Second Circuit Gives Partial Victory to Student in Health Care Dispute With Yale


Many consumers become unhappy when insurance companies deny their health care coverage claim. But few take their dissatisfaction to federal court.

Collin Udell

Hartford Lawyer Involved in Merrick Garland Screening Process


When it came time for the National Association of Women Lawyers to determine if Merrick Garland is the man for the job to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, its president knew Hartford's Collin Udell was the right woman for the task.

Budget Woes Lead to Layoffs in State Prosecutor Ranks


The state's budget crisis is prompting the Division of Criminal Justice to lay off 55 contract employees later this month and announce plans to leave unfilled 20 vacant positions.

John Parese

Bar Association Expresses Opposition to Conn. MCLE Proposal

By John M. Parese |

The New Haven County Bar Association (NHCBA) has not historically advanced formal positions on controversial issues affecting the legal profession. The matter of mandatory or minimum continuing legal education, however, has inspired the attention of so many of our members that we thought it appropriate to publicly articulate our position.

Rottweiler Owner Claims Constitutional Violations, Asks Appellate Court to Overturn Euthanization Ruling

By Christian Nolan |

A woman whose dogs were ordered to be euthanized after they allegedly attacked a neighbor is asking the state Appellate Court to spare her pets, claiming she did not get a fair hearing from state Department of Agriculture officials.

Conn. Court Officials Deliver 113 More Layoff Notices


The state Judicial Branch on Thursday began delivering layoff notices to 113 more employees, cuts deemed necessary in the face of expected budget reductions for the upcoming fiscal year.

XDM 3.8 Compact, 9mm pistol.

Legislature Gives Final Passage to Bill Taking Guns From Accused Domestic Abusers


More than 20 states have laws requiring people who have been served with temporary restraining orders in domestic violence cases to immediately give up their firearms without a hearing being held.


Norm Pattis: Rocket Docket Needed to Address Conn. Federal Court Delays

By Norm Pattis |

Resolving our disputes in courtrooms is far better than doing so in street brawls or violence. But even the rule-bound character of the courts sometimes seems to resemble the world of the Hatfields and McCoys


Mark Dubois: It May Be Time to Allow Nonlawyers to Offer Some Legal Services

By Mark Dubois |

The question for us is whether we embrace it all, and find ways to make it work for us, or fight a rearguard action until our friends in the courts and the legislature settle the question, with or without our objections.

Michael Pollack

Conn. Judge Bars Product Liability Claim After Plaintiff's Stair Climber Mishap

By Christian Nolan |

A Superior Court judge has ruled that a man who badly injured his leg on a stair climber exercise machine at a Planet Fitness cannot bring a product liability action against the fitness club chain.

Rosa Rebimbas

Malpractice Claim Dismissed Against Attorney-Legislator in Ponzi Scheme Case


A prominent Naugatuck attorney has prevailed in a legal malpractice claim filed by a man who lost money in a Ponzi scheme.

Donald Trump

Party Game Makers Take Legal Dispute Over Card Color to Conn. Court


The lawsuit was filed by SCS Direct, a Trumbull-based consumer products company that markets a card game called Humanity Hates Trump.

Joseph McManus

Worker's Estate Receives $7.8 Million After Fatal Highway Crash

By Christian Nolan |

Lengthy litigation included dispute over who was driving company van.

Editorial: Rule of Law Jeopardized by Political Acts

There is a dangerous accumulation of acts and incidents that have the effect of undermining the notion that our nation is one of laws, and not men. We, as a profession, must speak out against this at every turn, every day.

Chief Court Administrator Patrick Carroll III has estimated that a $50 million reduction in the Judicial Branch budget would mean 1,000 layoffs.

Conn. Court Officials Say Governor's Budget Would Mean 600 More Layoffs


State Judicial Branch leaders are predicting that Gov. Dannel Malloy's latest budget plan would mean an additional 600 layoffs.

Antonio Ponvert

Federal Lawsuit Claims New Haven Rabbi Sexually Abused Teen


A New Haven rabbi has been accused in a federal lawsuit of sexually molesting a male student at a Jewish school hundreds of times over a three-year period beginning in 2002.

In a 2004 file photo, Douglas Perlitz talks about his missionary work with Haitian street children in a 2004 interview in Fairfield, Conn. Perlitz will be sentenced Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, after being convicting for sexually abusing eight boys at a school he founded in Haiti for street children. (AP Photo/Connecticut Post, Jeff Bustraan, File)

Conn. Judge Dismisses Sex-Trafficking Claim Against College, Former Chaplain


Decision marks rare win for defendants in Haiti sex abuse scandal.

Conn. Law Day Ceremonies Focus on Miranda Warning


The theme of this year's Law Day explored the "procedural protections, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principals is essential to our liberty."

Conn. Reaps $10 Million From Pharmaceutical Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

In a global settlement, drug-maker Wyeth will pay $784.6 million to resolve allegations that the company knowingly underpaid rebates to state Medicaid programs for the sales of drugs that treat heartburn and acid reflux.

Bankruptcy Attorneys Sue Colleges to Demand Return of Tuition Payments


For years, Robert and Jean DeMauro of North Haven made college tuition payments for their daughter to attend Johnson & Wales University.

White House Fence-Jumper From Conn. Challenges Arrest on Constitutional Grounds


Joseph Caputo's American flag cape billowed behind him as he scaled and leaped over the White House fence last Thanksgiving in his attempt to deliver President Barack Obama his rewritten version of the Constitution.

Barbara Izarelli

Update: Conn. Court's Tobacco Lawsuit Ruling Could Impact Other Products Liability Cases

By Christian Nolan |

A Norwich woman who developed cancer after years of smoking Salem cigarettes is one step closer to collecting a $28 million judgment against tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds.

Crime Victims Should Have a Voice, But Not at Pretrials

Victims of crime in Connecticut are well-represented by the state's attorneys, the Office of the Victim Advocate and the Office of Victim Services, as well as the judiciary.

Court To Decide Whether Conn. Can Force Murder Suspect to Take Medication

By Christian Nolan |

A former doctor who allegedly murdered another physician is challenging a trial judge's ruling to medicate him by force so that he is competent to stand trial.


Norm Pattis: Voices of Discontent Dominate Chaotic Presidential Campaign

Donald Trump walked away from the so-called "Acela primaries" in the Northeast a complete winner, sweeping the Republican contests in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island in convincing fashion.

Long Island Sound, Montauk.

Conn. Clam-Poaching Dispute Raises Fourth Amendment Issues

By Christian Nolan |

An odd dispute involving Long Island Sound clams has resulted in a criminal trial and a civil lawsuit challenging the authority of state environmental police officers.

Court Upholds $100,000 Emotional Distress Award for Fired Therapist


Working in a nursing home can be stressful. But the job became even more so for an occupational therapist who reported alleged billing irregularities and was eventually terminated.

Conn. Bill Pits Domestic Violence Protection Against Second Amendment Rights


The General Assembly took a major step toward approving legislation that would allow the confiscation of firearms from people who are served with temporary restraining orders.

'Civil Gideon' Task Force Would Be an Important First Step

We have frequently commented on the paucity of affordable legal services for low- and moderate-income individuals facing serious legal problems.

UConn law students spent spring break helping undocumented immigrants who are detained in York, Pennsylvania. Among those helping with asylum applications were, from left, students Katelyn Donovan and Miriam Hasbun, alumni volunteer Meghann LaFountain, and students Bianca Slota and Hanna Tenison.

UConn Law Students Offer Hands-On Help To Immigrants Seeking Asylum


While many students opt to use their spring break to relax from the rigors of class work, more than 10 students from the University of Connecticut School of Law spent their time in Pennsylvania helping detained asylum seekers build compelling cases to eventually present to immigration judges.

Morris Glucksman

Stamford Attorney Resigns From Bar Following Theft Charge


A long-time Stamford attorney who is facing charges that he stole thousands of dollars from an estate has resigned from the bar and waived his right to apply for reinstatement.

Conn. Judge Upholds $14.5 Million Verdict Against Fitness Center and Trainer

By Christian Nolan |

A Superior Court judge has denied post-trial motions which aimed to set aside a $14.5 million verdict awarded to a Greenwich doctor who suffered a massive stroke after his personal trainer pushed him to exercise too hard on a fitness center's exercise machine.

Proposed Layoffs Could Devastate Justice System

There has been a lot of publicity about how Gov. Dannel Malloy's Second Chance Society might affect the criminal justice system.

Judge's Ruling Sheds Light on Blight Ordinance Enforcement


Rocky Hill officials have referred to Anthony Straska's farm as "the town disgrace" because of the junked cars and piles of trash on the property.

Update: Psychiatric Nurse Held Liable As Patient's Suicide Results in $12 Million Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A New Haven jury has returned a $12 million verdict in a case brought by the estate of a man who committed suicide after his medication levels were reduced by Yale-New Haven Hospital and a psychiatric nurse allegedly failed to monitor his health.

Law Tribune Announces Lawyer of the Year Finalists

For several months, we asked bar members to submit nominations for attorneys who have had significant achievements in the law — ranging from litigation success to leadership in law firms and bar groups — since the beginning of 2015.

Jury Says Hospital, Nurse Must Pay $12 Million to Estate of Suicide Victim


A New Haven jury has returned a $12 million verdict in a case brought by the estate of a man who committed suicide after his medication levels were reduced by Yale-New Haven Hospital and a psychiatric nurse allegedly failed to monitor his health.

Lawyers Should Be On Lookout for Fair Housing Issues

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development annually declares April to be Fair Housing Month.

Feds Charge Former Conn. Bankruptcy Attorney With Embezzlement


A longtime former New Haven bankruptcy attorney who recently resigned from the bar over allegations of mishandling client funds is now facing a federal criminal charge. Peter Ressler, 68, of Woodbridge, was charged April 25 with embezzlement of debtors' funds, according to the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office.

David Golub

Conn. Court Says State Law Doesn't Bar Smokers' Lawsuits Against Tobacco Companies

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who developed cancer after years of smoking Salem cigarettes is one step closer to collecting a $28 million judgment against tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds.

Benjamin Daniels and David Roth

Second Circuit Had a Busy First Quarter of 2016


Other rulings focus on subject-matter jurisdiction, attorney obligations.

State Launches New Type of Parole Hearings for Former Juvenile Offenders

By Christian Nolan |

Supreme Court rulings on juvenile punishment prompt scores of sentence reviews.

Steven Cash

Law Firms Find New Niche Conducting Sex Assault Investigations for Colleges


New Day Pitney partnership designed to ease burden on university GCs.

A Meriden mosque was hit by gunfire last fall, though the shooter later apologized for his actions. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)

Conn. U.S. Attorney Launches Panel To Address Backlash Against Muslims, Arabs


The backlash against the Muslim and Arab communities following terrorist attacks hit home in Connecticut last fall, when a man fired several gunshots at the Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden.

Michelle Cruz: Second Chance 2.0 Based on Myths and Falsehoods

By Michelle Cruz |

What might the "justice system" look like if Second Chance 2.0 is approved?

Court Awards Stabbing Victim $124,000 for Pain and PTSD

By Christian Nolan |

A man who was stabbed in the chest by a neighbor and later sued has been awarded nearly $124,000 by a judge in Bridgeport.

New Haven State's Attorney Michael Dearington's many high-profile cases include prosecuting the defendants in the Cheshire home-invasion murders. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

State's Attorney Retires After More Than 40 Years as Prosecutor


New Haven's Dearington steps down after decades of handling big cases.

Donald Trump

Editorial: Trump's Views Show Disregard for Rule of Law

By The Connecticut Law Tribune |

Trump talks of loosening our laws to allow for such torture. Heeding him would not be loosening our laws, but a wholesale disregard for them and an abandonment of our enlightened moral stature in the world.

Feds Indict Conn. Lawyer Who Allegedy Defrauded Homeowners


A Bridgeport attorney has been indicted and charged with conspiring with another man to defraud homeowners who were facing foreclosure.

Dillon Stadium

City's Lawsuit Kicks Back at Soccer Stadium Developers


Lawsuit makes multiple claims against management companies.

Rejected Police Recruit, 51, Wins $65,000 in Age Discrimination Case

By Christian Nolan |

Every few days, the training instructor would allegedly make statements that Gaul was 'stupid and old.' He would also frequently pull Gaul aside and tell him: 'Go home, old man, you are not going to make it.'

Trial Date Set for 2018 in Newtown Families' Lawsuit Against Gun Maker

By Law Tribune Staff |

State Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis has scheduled the trial to begin in two years, on April 3, 2018.


Mark Dubois: Who Is the Client? Uncertainty Can Cause Ethical Issues


A trio of cases arising out of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse mess at Penn State reminds us of the complexities associated with defining client identity when dealing with corporate entities.

New Family Justice Center Puts Prosecutors, Private Lawyers and Counselors Under One Roof to Assist Victims


The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport is being billed as the first of its kind in the state. In reality, it's part of a national trend, a one-stop shop for women, men and children who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Court Upholds Arbitrator's Ruling, Orders Equity Fund Manager to Pay $7.8 Million


A Superior Court judge has upheld a private arbitrator's decision to award $7.8 million to private equity fund investors and their lawyers.

Judge Tosses Out Vizio's Challenge to State's Recycling Fee Law


A federal judge has ruled that a Connecticut law that charges electronics makers fees in order to cover disposal costs of old products is constitutional, striking down a claim by television set maker Vizio.

Robert Keville

State Supreme Court Allows Workers' Comp Benefits for PTSD

By Christian Nolan |

The state Supreme Court has upheld a decision to grant workers' compensation benefits to a former FedEx employee who suffered a cardiac episode while delivering packages and claims he developed post-traumatic stress disorder as a result.

Conn. Court Bars Alleged Sex Offender from Withdrawing Guilty Plea


"We conclude that the Appellate Court properly determined that the defendant was not entitled to a further inquiry into the basis of his motion to withdraw his guilty plea under the facts of the present case," Justice Dennis Eveleigh wrote for the majority opinion.

Merrick Garland.

Editorial: Could Senate Consent to Garland Nomination Through Silence?

Gregory Diskant, a lawyer and member of the national governing board of Common Cause, recently made a novel suggestion for breaking through the gridlock on President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Conn. Recycling Companies Settle Environmental Allegations

By Christian Nolan |

Two Connecticut recycling companies have agreed to settlements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over allegations they violated federal laws regarding their handling of toxic substances.

David Golder and Allison Dearington

Changes Coming to Rules for White-Collar Workers


Employees will have little time to evaluate exemption status.

Rebecca Goldberg

Major Rule Change for Salaried Employees Is Imminent


Employers must either boost salaries or provide overtime compensation.

Janet Nahorney

Preparing for Audits of Employee Benefit Plans


Companies should consider using external expertise to ensure compliance.

Annie Kernicky and Michael Homans

Courts' Revised Rules Affect Employment Litigation


Discovery limited to information relevant to parties' specific claims.

Cindy Cieslak

Transparency vs. Attorney-Client Privilege


U.S. Department of Labor issues final 'Persuader' rule.

Erin O'Neil-Baker

Defense Counsel's Role in Representing Noncitizens


Rulings clarify duty to warn clients of immigration consequences.

Robert G. Brody and Alexander Friedman

Get Ready for Changes to White-Collar Exemption


For most employers, new rules will mean increased costs.

Robert C. Hinton

Taking Care of Our Service Members


Employers have legal obligations under USERRA.

Paige Quilliam

Judge Launches Legal Education Program for Middle Schoolers


Judges and lawyers go back to school to share civics lessons.

Wristy Business: Conn. Bracelet Maker Entangled in Trade Dress Dispute


Connecticut 'Loom Band' firm says California competitor copied packaging.

Attorney Howard Altschuler led his client through testimony alleging that a top trial attorney tried to change a fee retainer agreement just days before a $25 million settlement was to be distributed.

Contingency Fee Agreement Focus of Latest Hearings in Multi-Million-Dollar Malpractice Case


Clients continue to maintain firm overcharged them by millions of dollars.


Norm Pattis: Police Often Reluctant to Return Property to Owners


Lawmen are plenty aggressive when it comes to seizing money, and prosecutors are often aggressive in perfecting these claims. By an odd twist of law, one needn't be convicted of a crime to lose assets.

Elizabeth Acee

Conn. Law Firms Appoint Leaders, Announce New Hirings


LeClairRyan taps Conn. attorney to run national litigation department

Updated: CBA Leaders 'Distressed' as Judicial Branch Announces 126 Layoffs


The Connecticut Judicial Branch has announced that it has issued layoff notices to 126 workers in anticipation of dramatic cuts in its annual budget.

Updated: Judicial Branch Announces Layoffs of 126 Employees


The Connecticut Judicial Branch has announced that it has issued layoff notices to 126 workers in anticipation of dramatic cuts in its annual budget.

Joshua Koskoff

Conn. Judge Allows Newtown Lawsuit Against Gun Maker to Move Forward

By Christian Nolan |

Lawyers for the victims' families are calling the ruling a "huge victory" in their effort to hold Remington Arms, the maker of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used by Adam Lanza, responsible for the Sandy Hook massacre.

Shelley Graves

Maintenance Worker Settles for $735,000 After Pickup Truck Pins Him to Compactor

By Christian Nolan |

A maintenance worker who sustained severe leg injuries when he was accidentally pinned against a trash compactor on the Mitchell College campus by a pickup truck has settled with the New London school for $735,000.

John Bonee III

John Bonee III: Reflections on 20 Years as a CBA Delegate

By John Bonee III |

Twenty years ago, when completing my duties as Hartford County Bar Association president, I ran for the Connecticut Bar Association's House of Delegates from Hartford's District 12.

Chief Court Administrator Patrick Carroll III has estimated that a $50 million reduction in the Judicial Branch budget would mean 1,000 layoffs.

Conn. Chief Justice Says Layoff Notices Will Go Out Thursday


Connecticut Chief Justice Chase Rogers braced state Judicial Branch workers for layoffs, saying that "the budget cuts we face are simply too large" to avoid workforce reductions in the court system.

Senior Citizen Pursues Legal Action After UConn Law School Rejection


Geoffrey Akers has seven college degrees, including a doctorate from the University of Connecticut. But he was denied admission by the UConn School of Law twice, in 2012 and 2013, and was put on the school's wait list in the 1990s.

John Morgan

Court Awards $62,000 to Conn. Inmate Who Challenged State Solitary Confinement Policies


Federal judge sides with Conn. inmate who made constitutional claim.

Yale Law School

Editorial: State Constitution Bars Taxation of Yale Endowment

With hundreds of millions of dollars of debt looming over them, state lawmakers came up with a brilliant plan: let's make income on university endowments taxable.

Conn. Taxi Drivers Drop Lawsuit Against Uber

By Associated Press |

More than a dozen taxi and limousine companies have dropped their federal lawsuit accusing ride-hailing company Uber of failing to follow state laws and regulations on taxi services, a lawyer representing the companies said.

Hamden Lawyer Charged With Stealing Client's $50,000 Accident Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

A former Hamden lawyer has been charged with stealing $50,000 from a client, money he reportedly procured as a settlement for a car accident lawsuit.

A former meat cutter took photos of chicken that he said was improperly left out to thaw at room temperature in support of a whistleblower lawsuit against Whole Foods supermarkets.

Lawsuit Claims Whole Foods Fired Worker Who Alleged Sale of Tainted Meat


Meat cutter Angel Figueroa claims he was fired barely 24 hours after he called the Westport Health Department to complain about meat being sold in the Westport Whole Foods market.

Hartford Archdiocese Sues Insurer to Recover $1 Million in Priest Sex Abuse Settlements

By Associated Press |

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford has taken its dispute with an insurance company to trial, seeking reimbursement of more than $1 million in payments made to settle sexual misconduct cases involving priests and minors.

Updated: Pro Wrestler Drops Lawsuit Demanding WWE Streaming Video Royalties


The world of professional wrestling seemed like an odd place for a cutting-edge dispute over intellectual property. But for a few days, a federal lawsuit filed in Connecticut by a former WWE wrestler appeared likely to become part of an ongoing debate over the rights of performers of all types to collect royalties from streaming video services.

Federal Court Awards Conn. Nuclear Plant Owners $32.6 Million

By Christian Nolan |

A federal judge has awarded nearly $77 million to the owners of three decommissioned nuclear power plants in New England, including Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Co. in Haddam Neck, Connecticut, to reimburse the companies for the costs of storing spent nuclear fuel.

Jay Ruane

Conn. Bar Sees Many Benefits to Bail Reform Proposal

By Christian Nolan |

The governor's proposal to revamp the state's bail bond system, including the removal of bail for most misdemeanor crimes, would certainly affect people who are arrested and the bail bonds businesses they turn to. But bail reform could also have a wide-ranging impact throughout the legal community

WWE Lawsuit Raises Questions About Streaming Video Royalties


The world of professional wrestling may seem like an odd place for a cutting-edge dispute over intellectual property. But a lawsuit filed by a former WWE wrestler may become part of an ongoing debate over the rights of performers of all types to collect royalties from streaming video services.

Bar Foundation Leader Urges Support of Legal Aid Bill

Senate Bill No. 428 is the only avenue available to support those organizations that provide legal services to Connecticut's impoverished population.

John Morgan

Federal Lawsuit Raises Questions About State's Solitary Confinement Policies


'Without any specific, individualized findings that [the inmate] presented a risk to safety and security as a pretrial detainee, the restrictions as applied to him were excessive,' the judge wrote.

Kristan Peters-Hamlin

Despite Out-of-State Disbarment, Lawyer Continues Conn. Practice


Wesport attorney Kristan Peters-Hamlin, who previously received a seven-year suspension in New York based on misconduct during a trade secrets case, has been disbarred in Maryland following a related disciplinary proceeding.

Conn. Court Officials Say Latest Budget Plan Would Lead to 'Dramatic' Cuts


The legislature's Appropriations Committee has voted to allocate $561.2 million for the Judicial Branch for the fiscal year 2016-17, which starts July 1. Though lawmakers and court officials disgree on exactly how much lower that is than the current year's allocation, Judicial Branch officials said the figure would mean eliminating positions and closing courthouses.

Falun Gong members, whose spiritual practice includes yoga-like exercises, say they were subjected to beatings because of the reporting of a Chinese journalist who was sued in federal court in Connecticut. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Conn. Judge Says Journalist Can't Be Sued for Critical Coverage of Religious Sect

By Christian Nolan |

Journalist Zhao Zhizhen had argued that American free speech principles should protect him. He argued that his reporting on the Falun Gong was similar to that aired on '60 Minutes' and other U.S. programs.


Mark Dubois: In Computer Age, Practice of Law Still Requires Human Touch

By Mark Dubois |

A Google computer program just beat one of the world masters at the game of Go. There's a lesson in that for us.

Sergei Lemberg

Conn. Company Hit With Class Action Over Advertising Text Messages


A federal lawsuit has been filed against Wallingford-based Edible Arrangements, accusing the fancy fruit franchiser of violating the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unwanted text messages to consumers over the course of four years.

Gugsa Abraham ‘Abe’ Dabela

Federal Lawsuit Claims Black Conn. Lawyer Was Murdered, Blasts Police Investigation

By Paul Sussman |

"He was murdered." So reads a snippet of a 31-page federal lawsuit filed by the family of Gugsa Abraham Dabela which claims police ignored substantial evidence that pointed to foul play and hastily classified the black Redding attorney's death as a suicide.

Patricia King

Patricia King: Dealing With Different Types of Problem Clients


The ability to recognize a problem client can allow you to make an informed decision whether to decline the representation, or to undertake the representation with an understanding that it is going to take some extra work to manage the client along with his case.

Donald Papcsy

City Settles With Ex-Student Who Had Sex With Teacher

By Christian Nolan |

The recent Stamford School District sex scandal is going to cost the city and its school system more than just their reputations. The city has agreed to pay the student who had a sexual relationship with his teacher $750,000 to resolve any potential civil lawsuit.

Conn. Bankruptcy Attorney Resigns Bar License Amid Financial Allegations


A New Haven bankruptcy attorney with more than four decades in the field has resigned from the bar amid allegations of mishandling several thousand dollars in client funds.

Security Firm Held Not Liable in $42 Million Conn. Warehouse Heist


A Florida-based security company has defeated an insurance company's attempt to recover a $42 million loss stemming from a prescription drug heist from a Connecticut warehouse.

Conn. Bankruptcy Attorney Resigns Bar License Amid Financial Allegations


A New Haven bankruptcy attorney with more than four decades in the field has resigned from the bar amid allegations of mishandling several thousand dollars in client's funds.


Norm Pattis: Civil Gideon Proposal Is A Bad Idea

By Norm Pattis |

While it sounds good in theory to say that no litigant should be kept from court on economic grounds, in practice, providing free, court-appointed counsel to all litigants is the equivalent of giving alcoholics carte blanche access to a gin mill.

Court Bars Immigration-Related Questions in Car Crash Case Deposition


When José Soriano Jimenez, who had been injured in a car crash, went to give a deposition in his lawsuit against the other driver, he didn't expect to be asked questions about his immigration status.

School Principal Awarded $500,000 After Botched Surgical Procedure

By Christian Nolan |

Connecticut's middle school principal of the year in 2014 has been awarded nearly $500,000 by a Waterbury jury after a botched gynecological procedure caused her to nearly bleed to death.

Rita Smith

Advocacy Groups Applaud After Conn. Domestic Violence Victim Is Acquitted of Murder


Cherelle Baldwin walked free March 31 after being found not guilty of murder. She had crushed her ex-boyfriend against a wall with a car, claiming that she was acting in self-defense against a man who had abused her time and again.

Editorial: Firms Should Launch Residency Programs to Train Next Generation of Lawyers

We as members of the bar have an obligation to make sure that the next generation of lawyers is adequately trained, has had appropriate work experience, and will serve the public good responsibly.

Fairfield County Law Firm Picks Up Roots, Moves to New Town


A Stratford law firm will be moving to a new, larger space in Shelton this spring to accommodate its growing practice.

Attorney William Marohn says his client's life savings were wiped out by an East Haven man who was posing as an investment advisor.

Judge Awards $1.2 Million in Civil Case Filed by Ripped-Off Investor

By Christian Nolan |

A New Haven judge has awarded $1.2 million to an angry investor who filed a civil claim against an unlicensed investment adviser who ripped off close friends and family members.

Judge Says Deported Immigrants Can't Return to Testify Before Conn. Legislature


A federal judge has dismissed the petition of two deported Italian immigrants who sought to enter the country and testify before the Connecticut legislature. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant, concluding the court lacks jurisdiction, refused to overrule the decision by immigration officials to bar the deportees' re-entry.

Alan Schwartz

Second Circuit Says Not All Businesses Are Subject To Conn. Court Jurisdiction


Judges say business registration doesn't constitute 'consent' to state jurisdiction.

Michael Jefferson

Defense Lawyer's Novel Rewrites Post-Civil War Racial History


Plot puts black leaders in the South after the Civil War.

Proposed Task Force Would Consider 'Civil Gideon' Initiative in Conn.


Legislative task force proposed to study representation issue.

Widow Who Found Husband's Body Wants Courts to Allow Emotional Distress Claim

By Christian Nolan |

A widow who discovered her husband's dead body at work is attempting to sue his employer for bystander emotional distress even though she has already received benefits through the workers' compensation system.

Conn. Cookie Maker Settles Intellectual Property Lawsuit


A clash over chocolate-filled cookies has culminated in Trader Joe's settling a lawsuit filed by Pepperidge Farm.


Norm Pattis: Disciplinary Authorities Go Too Easy on Prosecutors

By Norm Pattis |

Who holds prosecutors accountable when they err? The answer, surprisingly, is no one. That's one conclusion a recent study on prosecutorial misconduct nationwide reached.

U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Weigh in On Conn. 'Takings' Case


It has been more than a decade since a Middlefield-based company first tried to get the necessary approval from Durham's town land use boards to develop a 10-acre parcel it owns.

Law Tribune Announces Professional Excellence Award Winners

The Law Tribune is proud to announce the winners of its second annual Professional Excellence Awards.

Editorial: State Should Amend Laws Regulating Electroshock Therapy

Connecticut's shock therapy statutes raise serious due process concerns and need to be amended, especially because the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for people with psychiatric diagnoses is once again increasing in Connecticut.

Conn. to Share in $76 Million Settlement With 'Shameful' Cancer Charities

By Christian Nolan |

Connecticut and all 49 other states have reached a nearly $76 million settlement with two nationwide cancer charities and the man responsible for their operation.

Conn. Supreme Court to Decide Whether On-the-Job Pot Smoker Should Be Fired

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court will soon decide whether a state employee who was getting high on the job should have been fired.


Mark Dubois: Bar Members Need to Step Up and Help Legal Aid


If nothing is done, an already meager and woefully understaffed attempt at providing legal services to those who need it most and can afford it least will be further pared down. At some point, it will be so small and ineffectual that some will wonder why we even pretend to care.

Yale Law School

U.S. Supreme Court Won't Hear Case of Yale's Controversial van Gogh Painting


A Vincent van Gogh painting will continue to hang on the walls of the Yale University Art Gallery after the U.S. Supreme Court decided to not hear an appeal from a man who claims his ancestor was the rightful owner of the masterpiece titled "Night Cafe."

Josephine Miller

Conn. Supreme Court Upholds Suspension of Civil Rights Lawyer


The state Supreme Court has upheld a six-month suspension of a civil rights attorney who has previously alleged racial bias by the courts and the attorney disciplinary system.

Howard Fetner

Judge Allows Company to Withhold Benefits From Departing Employee


A Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of a Connecticut health care provider in a case where both a dentist and his former employer accused each other of breach of contract.

Handicapped sign at entrance to a by Jason Doiy.12-2-09.050-2009

U.S. Attorney's Investigation Results in Conn. Hotels Settling ADA Complaints


An ongoing push by federal officials to make Connecticut hotels accessible to guests with disabilities has resulted in another hotel agreeing to make changes and facility upgrades.

Plaintiffs attorneys Paul Thomas and Lewis Chimes (front row) helped two clients obtain $3.4 million in an employment discrimination case.

Conn. Jury Awards $3.4 Million to Black Workers Who Alleged 'Atrocious' Racism

By Christian Nolan |

A federal court jury in Connecticut has awarded nearly $3.4 million to two men who claim they were subjected to racial discrimination and slurs on the job.

Rita Smith

National Groups Say Prosecution of Conn. Domestic Violence Victim Highlights Flaws in State Law


Advocates from across the country are rallying behind a Bridgeport mother and domestic violence victim who is on trial for killing the man who allegedly abused her during their relationship.

Mark Dubois: Lawyers Struggled With Outdated Business Model

By Mark Dubois |

Since adopting the notion that the practice of law is a profession, as opposed to a business, American lawyers have been struggling with the tension between theory and reality which came with the choice.

Boy Scouts Gear Up for Conn. Supreme Court Battle in Challenge to $12 Million Sex Abuse Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A Connecticut Boy Scout who claimed he was sexually abused by his troop leader in the mid-1970s was awarded $12 million after a trial in late 2014.

Law Tribune Seeks Nominations for Lawyer of the Year

The Law Tribune is seeking nominees for its second annual Connecticut Lawyer of the Year award.

Theodore Heisey

Conn. Judge's Ruling May Open Door to More Transgender Discrimination Claims


Dr. Deborah Fabian says the Hospital of Central Connecticut was prepared to hire her as an orthopedic surgeon, but at the last minute withdrew its offer. Though the hospital said it had some legitimate concerns about whether Fabian was a good fit for the position, the surgeon claims in a federal lawsuit that the hospital backed out of the deal after finding out she was transgender.

Editorial: Legislature Should Boost Legal Aid Funding

Legal services programs in Connecticut are once again facing the possibility of decreased funding and thus diminished resources for their clients.

Ryan Jayne

Conn. City Sued After Banning Anti-Religion Banner From Park


For years, legal battles have been waged over whether religious displays on public property are protected under the First Amendment or barred by it.

Scott Karsten

Appeals Court Says Police Aren't Liable for Delayed Response in Shooting Case

By Christian Nolan |

After Wilfredo Texidor Jr. got shot in front of a relative's home, he became upset. Not just because of his neck injury, but because of how long it took police officers to arrive.

Conn. Court to Decide Whether Drug-Sniffing Dog Violated Pot Grower's Rights

By Christian Nolan |

The Supreme Court will decide whether the use of a drug-sniffing dog in the common area hallway of an apartment building violated the Fourth Amendment rights of a tenant who was later charged with growing marijuana.

Aaron Bayer

Aaron Bayer: Supreme Court Affirmative Action Case Attracts Bevy of Amicus Briefs

By Commentary by Aaron Bayer |

Justice Antonin Scalia's untimely death has renewed speculation about how the Supreme Court may decide the fate of university affirmative action in Fisher v. University of Texas.

Holland & Knight

International Firm Expands Conn. Office With New IP Attorneys

By Law Tribune Staff |

It's only been two months since the international law firm of Holland & Knight announced the opening of its Connecticut office.

New Film Focuses on Conn. Lawyer's Prep School Drug Deal

By Associated Press |

It was three decades ago that Derek Oatis was busted at a New York airport with South American cocaine he intended to sell to his prep school classmates, a scandal that led to the arrest and expulsion of more than a dozen students at a prestigious Connecticut boarding school.

Trampoline Owner Held Not Liable for Boy's Injuries

By Christian Nolan |

A Waterbury judge has rendered a defense verdict in a lawsuit filed by a mother whose young son was injured while playing on a trampoline.

Amtrak train. Baltimore, MD. July 6, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Conn. Contractor Settles Amtrak Project Overbilling Allegations for $580,000

By Christian Nolan |

A Rocky Hill-based construction company has agreed to pay $580,000 to settle allegations that it overbilled the federal government on a bridge reconstruction project in Niantic.

Judge Rejects Defense Argument That Mosquitos Caused Crash


A defense lawyer argued that the driver of a state-owned vehicle shouldn't be held liable for an accident because mosquitos invaded the cab of his truck and caused him to lose control.

Probate Judges Urged to Use Mediation More Often in Emotionally Charged Cases


Probate court cases are often emotionally charged, with family members arguing about such topics as the terms of a will or how to best handle an elderly parent's care.

Conn. Firm Mourns Partner Who Died in Cycling Accident


A Danbury attorney who recently died from injuries in a bicycling accident is being remembered by his colleagues and friends for his skills as a lawyer, his ethics, his cycling achievements and his desire to help animals.

Former Nail Salon Employees Win Damages in Wage Dispute


Two former nail salon employees were awarded double damages after a judge concluded that the company's owner continued to pay below minimum wage and falsify time cards, even after a state Department of Labor investigation revealed the illegal practices.

Former Attorney Avoids Prison in Larceny Case Involving Disabled Client


John Fritz told a judge recently that his former attorney's theft of his money left him severely depressed, nervous, angry and distrustful of lawyers, the courts and people in general.

Conn. Firm Adds Attorneys, Opens New York Office

By Law Tribune Staff |

Connecticut-based Shipman & Goodwin is launching its second out-of-state office, with the firm opening a new location in New York City. At the same time, the 180-lawyer firm has announced that it is adding two veteran attorneys from the national firm of LeClairRyan.

Dan Klau

Dan Klau: Garland Nomination Likely To Set Off Epic Battle

By Dan Klau |

In the Supreme Court nomination battle, the stakes are enormous for both political parties and for the nation. When the stakes are that significant, we should expect nothing less than a battle royale.

William Tong

Court Hearing Scheduled as Feds Block Subpoenaed Immigrants From Testifying Before Conn. Legislature


Federal court hearing set as state lawmakers seek to enforce subpoena.

U.S. Postal Service truck.

Conn. Judges Deal With Flood of Filings From Bogus 'Postal Court'

By Christian Nolan |

Federal jurisdictions across country flooded with 'incoherent' filings.

Vicki Hutchinson

Conn. Woman Who Killed Newborn Involved in Unusual Clemency Case


Panna Krom was only 16 when she got pregnant. Fearing her strict immigrant parents would disown her if they found out, she hid her pregnancy from them. Her boyfriend turned his back on her, and she felt alone: a child forced to face a very adult situation.

Injured Teen Awarded $360,000 After ATV Accident

By Christian Nolan |

Parents held liable for failing to supervise daughter's friends.

Governor Tells Courts, Prosecutors to Cut Spending by Nearly $10 Million


The state court system is taking another budget hit. Gov. Dannel Malloy has asked state agencies to cut spending by $78.8 million between now and the June 30 end of the fiscal year, with the Judicial Branch being asked to reduce planned expenditures by $9.4 million.

As Lawsuits Pile Up Against Election Law, Conn. Legislators Consider Change


Lawsuits call residency requirement for petition circulators unconstitutional.

The family of a slain Milford student said that Christopher Plaskon, pictured here with criminal defense attorney Edward Gavin, should have taken steps to control his mental illness.

Slain Student's Family Files Suit Against School District, Killer's Parents


Civil suit targets Milford district and family of teenage killer.

Conn. Psychiatrist Settles Medicaid Fraud Claims for $400,000

By Christian Nolan |

A Tolland psychiatrist who allegedly submitted fraudulent Medicaid claims has agreed to a settlement with the state for just over $400,000.

Michelle Cruz: Erin Andrews' Case Puts High Value on Privacy Rights


With the advancement of technology and the explosive use of social media and cellphones with video capabilities, the right to privacy has come under attack.

Slain Student's Family Files Suit Against School District, Killer's Parents


Maren Sanchez had warned employeess at her Milford high school that Christopher Plaskon was dangerous and had threatened to hurt himself and others, according to a just-filed lawsuit. But, says Sanchez's family, officials at Jonathan Law High School took no action and Plaskon stabbed Sanchez to death in April 2014.

President Barack Obama, announces the nomination of chief judge Merrick Garland, right, to the U.S. Supreme Court, at the Rose Garden.  March 16, 2016.

D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland Nominated to Supreme Court

Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and a former U.S. Justice Department lawyer who led the investigation of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, was nominated Wednesday to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Editorial: Lawmakers Must Take Aggressive Steps to Protect Public Land

Will improved statutory or constitutional protections of state lands or giveaways of public lands win the day?

John Williams

Judge Rejects Real Estate Firm's Claim Against Attorney in Insurance Case


Malpractice lawsuit centered on insurance settlement for damaged house.

James Clark

Girls Sexually Abused by Stepfather, Neighbor Awarded $1.2 Million

By Christian Nolan |

A Waterbury judge has awarded damages of $1 million and $200,000 in separate civil sex abuse lawsuits in which the adult perpetrators were close acquaintances of the young female victims.

Judge Allows Black School Principal's Discrimination Lawsuit to Move Forward


Principal Erik Brown, an African American, was accused of bullying faculty members and was demoted. He sued the school district, claiming that white principals weren't punished in the same manner. Recently, a U.S. District Court judge found enough merit in Brown's accusations to allow several complaints about the school board and superintendent to proceed to trial.

Law Tribune Seeks Nominees for Professional Excellence Awards

The Law Tribune is seeking nominees for its second annual Professional Excellence Awards.

Fired Anesthesiologist Files Sex Discrimination Suit Against Hospital


An anesthesiologist with 30 years of experience has sued Stamford Hospital, saying she was retaliated against and then fired after complaining of sexual discrimination.

Governor Appoints Legislative Attorney as New Claims Commissioner

By Christian Nolan |

Gov. Dannel Malloy has appointed a legislative lawyer as the state's next claims commissioner. Christy Scott, of West Hartford, has been appointed to fill the position vacated by J. Paul Vance Jr., whose resignation took effect earlier this month.

Conn. Plaintiffs Denied Long-Term Care Coverage Pursue Class Action Against Insurer


Francis and Barbara Coughlin purchased a long-term care insurance policy in 1992. Two decades later, they needed it. Francis was suffering from multiple ailments and Barbara had Alzheimer's disease. In April 2012, they moved into an assisted living facility in Darien, but their insurance company refused to pay for their care.

James Harrington

Appellate Court Says Tribal Employee Has Immunity In Personal Injury Case

By Christian Nolan |

Injured motorists thwarted in claim against Mohegan limo driver.

Darnell Crosland

NAACP Leader Makes Mark As Attorney With High-Profile Civil Rights Cases


Darnell Crosland is focusing on two cases involving the controversial deaths of young black men. As a litigator, he's representing the estate of a black man who died after police shot him with a stun gun. As an NAACP official, he's leading the investigation into the controversial circumstances surrounding the death of a young black lawyer in Redding.

James Clark

Judge Bars Sex Abuse Victim's Attorney From Pretrial Conferences

By Christian Nolan |

Stratford case leads to skirmish between defense bar and ex-prosecutor.

Letter: Scalia's Judicial Views Weren't Friendly Toward Women

A grave or at least serious injury to the legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia is being done by those (media, colleagues, legislators and scholars) who ignore his original constitutional position about rights of women

Rapper 50 Cent was called into a Connecticut bankruptcy court on March 9 to explain social medial photos showing him with piles of cash. He claims the money is fake.

Conn. Bankruptcy Judge Questions Rapper About Assets

By Associated Press |

A bankruptcy court official has urged a federal judge in Connecticut to order an independent review of rapper 50 Cent's assets, after questions were raised about his financial reporting and photos of him with piles of cash were posted online.

Military Spouses May Be Allowed to Practice


A proposed Practice Book amendment would allow licensed attorneys married to active military members to practice law without sitting for the state bar exam.

Conn. FBI Agent Injured in 9/11 Attacks Pursues Bias Suit Against Justice Department


A Connecticut FBI agent who sustained injuries in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be allowed to proceed with a federal lawsuit in which he claims he was discriminated against at work and then subject to retaliation when he complained about it.

Diana Urban

Conn. Law Students May Be Enlisted to Represent Animals in Abuse Cases


If state Rep. Diane Urban's bill is approved, abused animals in the state will have access to some unlikely allies: Connecticut law students.

Conn. FBI Agent Injured in 9/11 Attacks Pursues Bias Suit Against Justice Department


A Connecticut FBI agent who sustained injuries in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be allowed to proceed with a federal lawsuit in which he claims that he was discriminated against at work and then subject to retaliation when he complained about it.


Mark Dubois: Should Legal Profession Embrace Change or Stand Firm?

By Mark Dubois |

Several events recently brought home the fact that, in the words of one wag, "this ain't our fathers' bar anymore."

Student With Armed Drone Files Lawsuit Seeking Reinstatement to College

By Associated Press |

A former Central Connecticut State University student expelled after equipping a drone with a gun has filed a lawsuit seeking reinstatement to the school.

John Cordani

Conn. Court Rejects Convicted Bomb Maker's Request for New Trial

By Christian Nolan |

Kenneth Jamison is serving a 32-year prison sentence for allegedly making a homemade bomb. The key witness against him was his ex-girlfriend who he says lied in order to prevent charges against her. But the state Supreme Court has ruled that Jamison got a fair shake at his first trial.

Robert Holzberg

Conn. Lawmakers Consider Tougher Penalties for Threats Against Judges


Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that calls for more severe penalties for anyone convicted of threatening a judge.


Norm Pattis: Make the Plea Bargaining Process More Transparent

By Norm Pattis |

Last week's column on plea bargaining had more than a few heads shaking. One wag had this to say: Deprive judges of the fantasy of a bargain, and plea offers will go up. Leave well enough alone, I was advised. I was playing with fire. Really? Let's juggle the torches some, and see what happens.

Dog Bite at Animal Shelter Leads to $300,000 Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

A man who went to an animal shelter looking to adopt a dog, but ended up being bitten by one, has settled his lawsuit against Stamford and the animal control shelter manager for nearly $300,000.

Wilton-based Blue Buffalo pet food company has accused Kmart and its house brand, Grey Wolf, of trade dress infringement.

Conn. Pet Food Maker Locks Horns With Kmart in Intellectual Property Case


The Blue Buffalo pet food company is locking horns with another industry giant. Already entangled in litigation with industry leader Purina, the Wilton-based business has filed an intellectual property lawsuit against Kmart and its parent company, the Sears Corp.

Judge Rejects Spoiled Turkey Claim in Product Liability Case


A woman who claimed that spoiled turkey wings she purchased at a Price Rite supermarket made her sick has lost her lawsuit, as a judge concluded that she failed to provide evidence that her illness was due to food poisoning.

Schaghticoke Tribal Nation Chief Richard Velky told reporters that the state was violating the tribe’s 14th Amendment due process rights in not allowing it to bid on a proposed casino project. In the background is the tribe’s lawyer, Christine Montenegro of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman in New York.

Conn. Indian Tribe Sues State Over Casino Plans


A proposal to build a third casino in Connecticut continues to attract lawsuits.

Appellate Court Slashes Damages in Dispute Between Would-Be Law Firm Partners

By Christian Nolan |

The state Appellate Court has greatly reduced the damages in a breach of contract dispute between two lawyers who had planned to start a new law firm together until one of them backed out at the last minute.

Photo by via Flickr.

Appeals Court Upholds Conn. Attorney's Money Laundering Conviction


In upholding an attorney's money laundering conviction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said federal judges have broad discretion to decide if criminal defendants can share defense counsel duties with another lawyer, an arrangement known as hybrid representation.

Rob Dunne

Judge Awards $1 Million to Student Partially Blinded by Thrown Water Bottle

By Christian Nolan |

Teen suffers eye damage from projectile in darkened school corridor.

Conn. Factory Demolition Dispute Leads to Lawsuit, Counterclaim


Lawsuit leaves town worried about fate of old factory site.

Bar Exam. Photo By Hewlett Askew

Editorial: Requiring Professional Competency for Bar Admission

The skills competency provision requires law schools to certify that their new graduates have demonstrated basic competence in outcomes that the schools themselves have identified as essential to ensuring that the graduates are "practice-ready and prepared to meet the myriad—and emerging—demands of the legal profession in the 21st century."

Sikorsky Aircraft Targeted by Dozens of Workers in Asbestos Class Action

By Christian Nolan |

In what plaintiffs lawyers are describing as the worst workplace asbestos exposure case in Connecticut's recent history, more than 40 workers involved in a Sikorsky Aircraft renovation project have filed a class action lawsuit after being exposed to the cancer-causing substance in 2010.

Mike Clark

New Conn. Business Will Certify Expert Witnesses for Trial Lawyers

By Christian Nolan |

A group of investors from Connecticut's legal and expert witness community has established a new for-profit business that vets potential experts.

Court Says Conn. Hospital Can Be Considered Both 'Rural' and 'Urban'


It is not often that a business — or anything else — can be classified as "urban" and "rural" at the same time. But one Connecticut hospital has managed to achieve the seemingly contradictory designations, fighting back a legal challenge from federal authorities.

John Cirello

John Cirello: Jesus, Jury Trials and Passing the Buck

By John Cirello |

When we think about our courts, many of us want to believe that the jury system is the purest form of democracy.

Lash Harrison

National Employment Law Firm Merges With Hartford-Based Practice


The already competitive Connecticut employment law market just gained another major player, as Atlanta-based Ford Harrison has acquired a five-attorney, Hartford-based practice.


Norm Pattis: Plea Bargains, the Trial Tax and Judicial Candor

By Norm Pattis |

There are some judges in Connecticut who genuinely appear to believe that there is no such thing as the trial tax.

Lauren Caldwell

Wesleyan Professor's Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Harassment by High-Ranking Dean


Federal lawsuit says high-ranking officials downplayed complaints.

Court Says Dentists Can't Claim Emotional Distress for Sewage Backup


Often, it's patients who leave a dental office feeling a bit distressed. But dentists in one Berlin-based practice said that a real estate company that allegedly allowed sewage to get into their office inflicted emotional distress on them.

Former Student's Lawsuit Alleges Years of Sex Abuse by Vice Principal


In the past few years, there have been a number of lawsuits filed against Connecticut private schools alleging that faculty members molested students back in the 1970s and 1980s. Now a similar accusation is being made against a public school district.

State Supreme Court Concludes Convicted Killer Wasn't Denied Right to Counsel

By Christian Nolan |

Convicted killer wanted state to pay for defense lawyer at retrial.

Editorial: Ruling Could Alter Dynamics of Document Review

There is a crack in the dam holding back the countless night and weekend hours expended by bleary-eyed associates who really just want to start "practicing law" and stop sorting documents.

Ray Rigat

Police Beating Victim to Collect $450,000 in Decade-Old Excessive Force Case

By Christian Nolan |

A man who claims he was beaten by Hartford police officers more than a decade ago has been awarded more than $450,000 by a federal court jury.

Donald Wharton

Conn. Attorney Sentenced After Stealing Money From Foreclosure Clients


A New Milford attorney who stole about $113,000 from a couple who hired him when their home was going into foreclosure has been sentenced to two years in prison.


Mark Dubois: Courts Will Feel Impact of Conn's Fiscal Train Wreck

By Mark Dubois |

Ben Barnes, the governor's budget director, recently described Connecticut government as being in a state of permanent fiscal crisis.

John Robinson and Cullen Guilmartin

State's Asbestos Docket Finally Shrinks to Manageable Level


Once 'elephantine' caseload now reduced to manageable number.

Veteran Attorney Launches Conn. Law Firm Consulting Business


Newtown-based attorney hopes to attract clients from eastern U.S.

Conn. Attorney Who Had Firearm Confiscated Loses Appellate Court Challenge

By Christian Nolan |

In a Second Amendment challenge, the state Appellate Court has upheld the confiscation of a West Hartford lawyer's guns after police determined that he was at risk of harming himself or others.


Norm Pattis: The FBI's Outrageous Attempt to Conscript Apple

By Norm Pattis |

Framing the dispute between Apple Inc. and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as the need to balance security and liberty tilts the debate in favor of the government. A more candid framing destroys the government's assertions: the conflict pits slavery against freedom. Who favors slavery?

Court Considers Whether Blind Sex Offender Should Lose State Housing Subsidy


A legally blind Hartford man had been receiving benefits through a rental assistance program for years when state officials kicked him out because he's on the state's sex offender registry.

Reginald Dwayne Betts served prison time for carjacking and then became an author and an activist before entering Yale Law School.

Ex-Inmate, Activist and Author Thrives as Yale Law Student


Former inmate was a writer and activist before coming to Yale.

Legal Battle Over Energy Plant's Property Taxes Could Cost City $60 Million


Property valuation techniques are at heart of Supreme Court case.

Judge Awards $76,000 for Pit Bull Attack Injuries

By Christian Nolan |

A man injured in a pit bull attack at a condominium complex has been awarded more than $76,000 by a judge in Waterbury.

Lawyer-Boater Takes Yacht Club Dispute to Court


Judge denies injunction in case focused on organization's bylaws.

Editorial: Eminent Domain Laws Provide Too Little Protection for Businesses and Homeowners

Connecticut should do better for its homeowners and small businesses. Economic development is desirable, but so is security in the ownership of private property.

Stephen Goldman

Robinson & Cole Taps Experienced Litigator as New Managing Partner


In his new role as managing partner of Robinson & Cole, Stephen E. Goldman says he plans to continue building the Hartford-based firm's culture of "collaboration and loyalty. It is a key reason why Robinson & Cole has continued to exist for 170 years."

Patricia King

Patricia King: Substance Abuse Among Lawyers Is No Joke

By Patricia King |

While many of our colleagues joke about the stress of being a lawyer, often followed by some reference to drinking, a recent study should cause us all to stop and take these so-called witticisms seriously. As Shakespeare said, "Jesters do often prove prophets."

Dorothy Moxley (foreground), whose teenage daughter was murdered in Greenwich in 1975, talks to reporters at the Connecticut Supreme Court on Feb. 24. Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who had been convicted of killing Moxley, is seeking a new trial.

Lawyer Tells Justices That Skakel's Brother Was the Likely Killer


It was Michael Skakel's request for a new trial that was on the line during a state Supreme Court hearing. But for much of the time it felt like two other people were on trial: defense attorney Mickey Sherman and Skakel's brother, Thomas.

Victoria de Toledo

Doctor's Massive Stroke After Gym Workout Leads to $14.5 Million Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A Stamford jury has returned a $14.5 million verdict in a civil case brought by a Greenwich doctor who suffered a massive stroke after his personal trainer reportedly pushed him too hard on an exercise machine.

Retired Conn. Attorney Pleads No Contest to Larceny Charge Involving Disabled Client


A former Newington attorney charged with stealing about $48,000 from a disabled client while acting as the man's conservator has entered a no contest plea to a larceny charge.

Paul Slager

Misdiagnosed Tumor Near Brain Leads to $1.2 Million Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A misdiagnosed tumor that allegedly caused a woman to have surgery that could have otherwise been avoided has resulted in a $1.2 million verdict in a medical malpractice case on the Waterbury complex litigation docket.

Conn. Lawsuit Joins Thousands of Complaints About Birth Control Device


In the past year, Bayer Healthcare has come under increasing fire for the marketing and distribution of Essure, a birth control implant which has allegedly caused more than 300 fetal deaths and has been the subject of more than 16,000 complaints since it entered the market over a decade ago

Joshua Komisarjevsky

Judge Says Prosecutors Didn't Give Police Recordings to Lawyers for Cheshire Defendant

By Associated Press |

A Connecticut judge has ruled that three police recordings were not given to lawyers for convicted killer Joshua Komisarjevsky before his trial, bolstering his pending appeal before the state Supreme Court.

Joshua Koskoff

Gun Maker's Lawyer Tells Judge That Federal Law Bars Lawsuit by Newtown Families


For more than a year, the parties in a lawsuit against the maker of a military-style weapon used in the Newtown school massacre have skirmished in the press and in court briefs. On Feb. 22, the opposing counsel had their first opportunity to make their case to a judge.


'Yes Means Yes' Bill Would Eliminate Due Process on Campuses


What is an active agreement? What is an unambiguous agreement? What is an informed agreement?

Paul Vance

Conn. Claims Commissioner Steps Down Amid Criticism of Wrongful Conviction Awards

By Christian Nolan |

Attorney J. Paul Vance Jr. has resigned as the state's claims commissioner amidst criticism from some lawmakers and state officials of his decision to award $16.8 million to four men who were exonerated after serving 16 years in prison for a gang-related shooting.

Kathleen Nastri

Lawyers Face New Ethical Misconduct Allegations in Multimillion-Dollar Fee Dispute


Two of Connecticut's most successful trial lawyers, Michael Koskoff and Kathleen Nastri, have been charged with new ethical misconduct allegations arising from a dispute over $4.6 million in legal fees from a medical-malpractice case.

Morris Glucksman

Conn Attorney Arrested After Alleged Theft From Deceased Mother, Son's Estate


A Stamford-based attorney is facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from an estate trust. Morris Glucksman, 68, has been charged with first-degree larceny and second-degree forgery.